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1000 Chairs (English, German and French Edition) [Deluxe Edition] [Paperback]

by Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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April 1, 2005 382284103X 978-3822841037
The ubiquitous chair in all its shapes and forms (TASCHEN's 25th anniversary special edition) More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been subjected to the wildest dreams of the designers. The particular curve of a back-rest, or the twist of a leg, the angle of a seat or the colour of the entire artefact all reflect the stylistic consciousness of each era. From Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto via Verner Panton to Eva Zeisel; from Art Nouveau to International Style, from Pop Art to Postmodernism, the phenomenon of the chair is so complex that it requires a reference work as comprehensive as this to do it full justice. They are all here: Thonet's bentwood chairs and Hoffmann's sitting-machines, Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair and Ron Arad's avant garde armchairs. The book, a slightly abbreviated version of our classic title 1000 Chairs, devotes one page to each chair, displayed on its own as pure form, with biographical and historical information about the chair.

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Sleek, stuffed, buttoned, or bent, in the den or the dining room, the chair is an indicator of its owner's identity. Chairs make up much of the interior landscape of our homes and workplaces, and a comfortable chair is considered a great asset in either location. A rigorous survey of the last 150 years of chairs, 1000 Chairs is a pictorial guide to the axiom "you are where you sit." Writers Charlotte and Peter Fiell argue that, as well as being an icon of identity, the chair is a form through which designers engage in social, political, and even ergonomic rhetoric. A good example is George Nelson's mass-produced modular seating system. Geometrical in design, its austere, mostly rectilinear lines are efficient and economical. The book follows developments and mutations in chair design from the days before art deco through the rise of modernity and into the mid-'90s, when designers like Philippe Starck used such materials as recycled plastic and injection molded polypropylene.

In total there are more than the 1000 advertised illustrations, and each is accompanied by a small text describing the significance of the chair and its designer. The book includes more than 100 capsule biographies of such designers as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Adolph Loos, and Marcel Breuer. The only problem with 1000 Chairs is, ironically, its own ergonomics. At about eight by six inches and nearly 800 pages, it is an unwieldy little tome. That aside, this is a great book--a must for anyone interested in sitting down. --Loren E. Baldwin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Language Notes

Text: English, French, German (translation)
Original Language: English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English, German, French
  • ISBN-10: 382284103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822841037
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a small book with big content March 5, 2000
This is a very informative reference book on chairs. The introduction summarises succinctly the significance of chairs in our day to day life. It's not only something that we could sit on. The book is conveyed in 3 different languages, illustrated with mixtures of colour & B&W pictures. Biographies of the designers & manufacturers' information come in rather handy indeed. Brief descriptions of chairs are useful at times but then again, I'm finding the descriptions too brief for my full understanding. If the book is too technical, this would turn off general public who merely want to have a general overview on designer or lifestyle chairs. The book was published in 1997 & needless to say, more new chairs would have come out by now. Then again, I'm not complaining considering that almost all modern classics chairs are included. I think it's quite risky to try to squeeze too much information into one book. Having said that, this book deserves a spot on my coffee-table for being a well presented book (as we expect of Taschen) & as a good talking point.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're into design, this is your design bible. December 14, 1998
By A Customer
'1000 chairs' is an easy, pictorial guide through 20th Century chair-design. The pictures are very professional, and they all have short texts to briefly explain the significance and context of that particular chair. The chairs are placed in the order of which they were made, which allows you to understand and see the style of that period. The book also shows you how significant CHAIR design is in the world of design and architecture, as that is where styles most commonly makes its first appearance. As a design student, '1000 chairs' has been invaluable in my understanding of designs and period styles, as well as a great introduction to designers/architects and their personal styles. The book has become a good and helpful friend, and there is nothing about the book I feel is missing or shouldn't be there. I don't know where I would have been without it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful resource January 16, 2000
By imian
As a graphic designer who explores industrial design with great interest, I bought this book when as soon as I saw it. I couldn't check it out thoroughly because it was wrapped. but the photography looked pretty good on the covers. Obviously this is a great resource for designers to go back to and see how one of the most influential pieces of furniture - the chair, developed throughout the ages, throughout the different design/art movements and revolutions. You get a good sense of the progression and this book covers a lot of designers I haven't heard of before, so it's really good to see the wide array of the designs, even though a lot of those designs are not nearly as good as other more known designers like Marcel Breuer, Marc Newson, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe which the book also covers but I guess that's being fair.
As far as readabiltiy and design of the book, it could've been a lot better. Most of the photography featured in the book usually features a gradient lighting scene for the background of the chairs, which tremendously detracts from the design/formal value of the chairs - very distracting. One would appreciate the design and form so much more if these chairs were cropped out or were on a solid plane like they are on the cover. The book is also in three different languages, a little bit excessive and it does hinder the readablity, obviously covering three languages it cannot a significant amount of information to each chair.
I did however find this book very helpful for the developmental process of chairs throughout history and also being able to relate development styles/designers to each other. The end of the book also features little info on each designer. Definitely worth getting if your'e interested in industrial/furniture design.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. A beginning modern dealer's must! November 1, 1998
By A Customer
I cant stress enough how often i use this book to refer to as a modern furniture dealer. Very informative. Great color pictures,information on manufacturers,designers,re-issues, licenses,etc/ from Thonet to Starck. Kudos to Charlotte & peter Fiell!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1000 Chairs - No Butts February 23, 2010
By Aarline
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This is pure categorical design porn. Each time I open the book, it blows my mind. Timeless, classic, profound, made from trees -- and that's just the first chair!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent purchase if you like chairs and design February 20, 2006
The order came in quickly, book was in tip-top condition. You can cnsider this a quality book if you like chairs and the history and the evolvement of design in chairs. The pictures are fun to look at and you can marvel at the creativity of the designers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 18, 2014
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It was for my sister, who studied Industrial Design and she liked it. She loves chairs, so we knew it was a good gift for her
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book for Dating Old Chairs! December 8, 2013
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Just what the name implies. A very thick pocket book sized paperback book with 1000 pictures of chairs with detailed information about each chair, telling the intended purpose of the chair, it's maker. and the date of manufacture. If you collect, or deal in old chairs, you'll want to own this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool book
This is an excellent source for people who are interested in the design, possibilities and creativity of chairs. It/s a mini encyclopedia.
Published 5 months ago by Viva
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
I WAS PLEASED WITH THE BOOK. There are number of examples that would be good to include but never the less it is quite informative. I wish that it showed more recent examples.
Published 14 months ago by vojislav narancic
5.0 out of 5 stars Design Classic!
I love this book! As a designer, it's wonderful having all the classic chair designs in one place! I great reference, with interesting information about each one.
Published 15 months ago by Anna Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
Great book for any aspiring furniture designer, designer, or architects. the styles and principles in chairs are fairly universal throughout the design process, and this book... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael Schauble
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome Book.
I have an older version and this one. They are both awesome!! I can stare at this for hours. :-)
Published 16 months ago by MegK
5.0 out of 5 stars Chairs!
This is a great book with very colorful chairs! It covers some early-history chairs as well as chairs that were significant contributions to art movements over the years. Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Schmiggitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
A captivating book full of inspiring pieces. In addition to a personal copy I have since purchased 20 for my students to use.
Published on January 7, 2012 by R. Vikete
5.0 out of 5 stars The cream of the crop
Well , laided out and thought out in a small handy size . Another great book to convert to Kindle :-) .
Published on December 15, 2011 by G Whiteman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! A must for I.D. Professional
It's a steal! Though it's not very updated but it's good to have most of the famous chairs that an interior designer needs to know! Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by M. Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars A quality Taschen book!
Taschen books are always such eye candy, couple the Taschen name with 1000 designer chairs and you have a strong visual reference guide to over 100 years of design of chairs. Read more
Published on February 27, 2011 by camomile reviewer
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